Councillor blasts noise from boat

Vernon council received a staff report Tuesday about noise coming from a mysis shrimp processing vessel

Concerns continue about shrimp boats on Okanagan Lake generating noise.

Vernon council received a staff report Tuesday about noise coming from a mysis shrimp processing vessel 1.5 kilometres off shore at Eastside Road.

“In the middle of the night, there’s ‘Bump, bump, bump,’” said Coun. Brian Quiring who experienced the noise while sleeping on his boat during the summer.

“You hear this across the whole lake. We need to find a way to get this changed.”

However, it appears the city’s role in the matter is restricted as the lake falls under federal and provincial jurisdiction.

“Due to the complainant contacting the ministry (of environment), the mysis program monitor visited the operation on several occasions over the summer, but failed to find a violation of the permit requirements and did not find noise levels to be extraordinary,” said Clint Kanester, the city’s manager of protective services, in a report.

“The ministry’s senior fishery biologist has indicated that the moorage location meets the requirements of Transport Canada. The processing platform and operating equipment appear to meet the requirements of the federal Canada Shipping Act in that the motor is muffled and does not allow the vessel to produce excessive or unusual noise.”

Any confirmation of noise would have to wait until April, when the fishing season resumes.

“The owner of the processing barge has indicated that over the winter, further work will be conducted to try to attempt to further lessen noise levels,” said Kanester.